1997 – 2000: Setting the Foundation
IIE began its work in India implementing an energy project for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) focused on capacity building for improving energy conservation and efficiency, including distribution reforms. After the success of the first program, IIE expanded its work in India by launching the GE Foundation Scholar – Leaders Program on behalf of the GE Foundation. The Program initially provided traditional financial support for university education, but gradually developed into a Leadership Development Program to complement the student’s academic program. It continues to grow and holds an outstanding achievement record.
2001 – 2005: Expanding Horizons
With the beginning of a new millennia and revolutionary ideas, the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health Program (LDM) began operations in India. LDM India aimed to build and sustain a critical core of well-trained emerging and established leaders who have the vision, commitment, knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of family planning and reproductive health services.
During this time, IIE/India office also began administering the Ford Foundation's Global Travel and Learning Fund (GTLF) India Region Program. GTLF assists the Ford Foundation in promoting greater cross-regional learning and exchange among grantees working in diverse sectors and world regions.
In 2005, IIE launched the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program to support the next generation of leaders with the skills and networks they would need to thrive in the 21st century.
2006 – 2010: Carving an Inch on the History Plank
This time period marked the introduction of many new programs for the IIE/India team. These included the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Program, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Program, Bellagio Residency Program outreach, the Ford Foundation Research Project on Affirmative Action in Higher Education in India and the Education Without Borders Project. We continued our important work in India by providing outreach for the Rolex Young Laureates Program, the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi) Program, the Research Grants Council (RGC) Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Program and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Conference/Workshop Project. In 2009, IIE/New Delhi signed an MOU with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to promote educational and training exchanges between the U.S and India.
The India office also coordinated the U.S. University Presidents' Delegation visit to India in 2010. This delegation was led by IIE President & CEO along with the Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.
2011 and beyond: Building partnerships and going global!
During this period, several scholarship programs were launched, including the Avery Dennison Foundation Spirit of Invention (InvEnt) Scholarship Program and the Cargill Global Scholars Program, focused towards supporting undergraduate students studying in science, technology and engineering colleges in India. Significantly, the Rolex Leadership Forum was also held to celebrate the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureates.
IIE/India continued work towards building academic partnerships between Indian and U.S higher education institutions and multiple academic partnership and exchange programs were managed. This includes the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) delegation to India, exchange visits between U. S. and Indian community colleges in partnership with the U. S. Embassy- India and American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the USAID-funded India Support for Teacher Education Program (In-STEP) in partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) and the USAID funded Forest-PLUS Program.
This has been a landmark period as IIE/India also started managing global programs spanning across multiple countries. The first was the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) supported, Maternal Health Young Champions Program (MHYC), to support maternal health leaders in four countries. With the objective of increasing access to STEM education among high school girls, with support from the Verizon Foundation, IIE/India began implementation of Verizon Innovative Learning Program (VILP), currently operating in two countries.
In the 10 years of its operations in India, IIE/India has been working to enhance capacities of individuals and organizations, with a special focus on youth and women, to meet local and global challenges.